After doing a little bit of research in the produce section of Jewel, I decided I would do a mix of frozen veggies and fresh. Frozen actually can be better if they're veggies that aren't currently in season. For fresh, I got carrots, yellow squash and sweet potato. For frozen, I got green beans, zucchini, broccoli and peas. We'll start with the fresh (minus the carrots)....
I washed and peeled the sweet potatoes and squash. I've never had squash before and I don't like sweet potatoes unless they are loaded up with brown sugar (#fatty) so I've never worked with either of them. I cut off the ends of the squash and hallowed out the seed part. First I dropped the whole thing into the already boiling water (after much research, I read that boiling the water first is really good because you're basically sterilizing the water. Remember, they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true, right?) Removing the seeds before took about the same effort as after. The only difference is you have to wait to handle it after you cook it, and that's not fun because I have no patience. I'm not even entirely sure if you have to remove the seeds (I've seen sites that say both things) but since seeds are difficult to digest sometimes, I thought I'd cut them out.
The sweet potatoes were difficult to cut. I didn't realize how hard they were going to be because I've never worked with them before. Halfway through cutting up the first one I remembered I had a mandolin (Thanks Santa 2011!). This made Dan incredibly nervous. I am notorious for cutting/burning myself pretty much every single time I'm in the kitchen. (I did burn myself during the blending of the peas this time. Whoops.) The sweet potatoes cooked for about 15 minutes. They needed a lot more water (about 2 ladles full...and I blended it in 2 batches).
Dylan did some work at his work bench (thanks Santa!) while I did the cooking.
Now, for the frozen.....
I boiled them in boiling water, just like I did the fresh. Here's what I learned....
*Green beans - didn't need to boil a lot, but needed a couple ladles of water to thin it out.
*Peas - Needed a little more water as well.
*Zucchini - Hardly needed any water! I added one ladle and then needed to add more vegetables to it because it was so thin.
*Broccoli - needed maybe 1 ladle of water.
*Carrots - needed a good amount of water.
Since I only had 2 ice cube trays, I pureed everything and put them into bags and put them in the fridge until I was ready to put them in the trays. Then I had an amazing idea. I am really proud of myself for this one. When they were ready, I snipped a little hole in the corner of the bag to squirt them into the trays. Pretty smart, huh?!
So, in the end, the frozen bags gave me 24 cubes. So I have a total of 144 cubes of food for $9.50. Can't beat that!!!!! Good luck :)